Langford Community Orchard
Quietly nestled on the edge of Langford village lies an inconspicuous oasis, a beautiful green space once lovingly planted and tended by persons unknown. Transformed from wilderness in need of some care and attention back in 2012 to the amazing community space that it is today.
Langford Community Orchard is great space where anyone can come and get involved, be it getting your hands dirty, identifying things flora and fauna, or if that’s not your cup of tea then there’s always the behind the scenes tasks to be done like admin, publicity or fundraising. Then everyone can reap the rewards… literally!
Just to whet your appetite then, in the orchard there are Apple, Pear, Cherry, Mulberry, Walnut and Hazelnut trees, Blackcurrants, Blackberries and Raspberries. There’s an abundance of Elder trees for those very useful flowers in the spring, and there’s plenty of Blackthorn for our rare Brownstreak butterfly friends which only lay their eggs on that shrub, and many types of Bumble Bee when the blossom is out. That is just some of it; we find something new almost every visit!
If you want to wander down there, it’s on the left of the long straight path that runs from the fields on Mallards Way to the rail crossing on London Rd, near the top opposite Nuthatch Way.
You don’t have to be an expert; you might just like the idea of joining in something new and eating raspberries while you do it, or you may have a specific interest that draws you to it. Also if you know anything about the history of the site or who planted the orchard in the first place, we’d love to hear from you!